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Why Do You Read?

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Fangirling Through Fiction

Today’s post is going to be a little different because it’s assignment week here for me so everything’s due and I’m busy staring at the calendar, desperately wondering where all my time went.

Accordingly, this post is about me asking for your help.

For one of my assignments, I’m writing a piece about how and why people read. Sounds boring and obvious. But, until recently, I always believed that people read for the same reason I do.  To me, books are friends. Rereading a book is like visiting an old friend and having a good chin-wag with them. By contrast, reading a new book is like making a new acquaintance; the potential’s there for a long friendship with them but you’re not quite sure ’til you’ve finished the conversation.

Naively, I thought this was true for everyone. That is, until I had a fascinating conversation with one of the ladies…

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

Bringing Up Books: 11/22/63

I was very interested in knowing if this book was worth reading. Thank you for a great review.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

This novel tells the story of Jake Epping, a divorced high school teacher, who becomes a time traveler on a mission to stop the Kennedy assassination. It begins with Jake reading and becoming attached to a story, written by a student in his adult GED night-class, about his father murdering his mother and siblings when he was a child. Soon after, Jake discovers a way to go back in time. The traumatic past story from his student becomes a present goal to amend and helps Jake unlock the rules and consequences of time travel before he attempts his main mission of preventing the assassination of Kennedy. As Jake attempts to change the future by inserting himself in past events, he realizes that “time” does not want to be changed and the stronger the difference an event makes in history, the stronger “time” fights against Jake trying to alter it.

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The Armchair Critic

Meet Shani – she’s 32, single and has a job to die for and is very happy with her life. So why does everyone insist on trying to convince her that the only way to the true happiness is meeting the perfect man?

When Shani’s horoscope miraculously reveals that now is the best time of her life for marriage, her mother decides to take control. As the Sri Lankan wedding season opens she arranges a parade of suitors, in the hope that her unmarried daughter will salvage the family honour by finally finding Mr Right. But true life, like true love, can get very complicated.

Amidst a riot of hilarious dates with would-be husbands, a stressful job and a neurotic mother with serious cultural baggage, her best friend is sliding into depression and Shani seems powerless to help.

Through a flurry of curry, cricket, sarees, and weddings, Shani comes to…

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

John Kenny

Border LinesPerhaps better known as a poet, having published three collections of poetry in the last few years, and as MC of the monthly North Beach Poetry Nights in the Crane Bar, Galway, John Walsh is also a writer of short stories, and Border Lines, recently published by Doire Press, presents an excellent sampling of what he is capable of.

Many of the stories included revolve around the same character, Ian, as he negotiates life’s variegated twists and turns, many of which he blunders into with a mixture of innocence and a self-destructive impulse.

In ‘Jimi’, a teenaged Ian skives off to a Jimi Hendrix concert and reaps the reward from a violent father on his return. A college-going Ian crosses paths with the slightly older trumpet-playing Raymond in ‘Trumpet in the Towel’ and gains a glimpse of the glamour and possibilities of a life outside Ireland as the trumpeter…

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

Laugh Out Loud Books

Laugh Out Loud Books
Are you looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud?  Check out Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.  One for the Money is the first.  It takes place in the ‘burbs of New Jersey.  Stephanie loses her job and blackmails her cousin Vinny into giving her a job as a bail bondsman.  Hijinks ensue.  Love the grandmother!  And for those of you who already know the series & are looking for something to tide you over until the next installment, check out Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files.  Izzy Spellman works for the family detective agency & they are constantly spying on each other.  Lutz has a great snarky voice.  AND you can get all 3 of the first books in the series for a only $12 at The Book Shack Stores. Kingston or Hanover.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Book Store, Books

 

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The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.

Just finished a Great Book!
I just finished a great book, The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.  Jennifer Ashley has written a fantastic historical romance series about the Mackenzie family.  The first in the series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, (available at your local Book Shack!) is FABULOUS.  The hero, Lord Ian, has what would today be diagnosed as Aspergers.  This adds a whole new dimension to the story.  The Duke’s Perfect Wife is Hart’s story.  Hart is the head of the family.  Now the question is what to read next… I have a TBR (To Be Read) pile that takes up an entire bookcase.

 
 

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